When Taylor Lipps was knocked to the court just minutes into the first quarter of Grain Valley’s semifinal contest against Lincoln Prep Academy, things looked grim for the Eagles.

When Taylor Lipps was knocked to the court just minutes into the first quarter of Grain Valley’s semifinal contest against Lincoln Prep Academy, things looked grim for the Eagles.
The junior guard’s head ricocheted off the court, sounding like a watermelon falling off a picnic table onto a concrete patio.
“When I got out there, she had that look,” Grain Valley coach Steve Broughton said Wednesday night, after his team claimed a 62-55 double overtime win in the Grain Valley Sonic Showdown.
“I didn’t know if she could play again – although the first thing she told me was that she wasn’t going to sit out.”
Lipps returned in the third quarter, hit five points and played a big role in the victory that puts the seventh-seeded Eagles into the 8 p.m. championship game Friday against No. 1 seed O’Hara (a 54-34 winner over Odessa).
“It was big having Taylor come back and play,” Broughton said, “but there’s a reason they call basketball a team game. The girls really picked up the slack when we lost Taylor and did a great job in the second quarter.”
Grain Valley scored 13 points in the second quarter and took a 22-17 lead into halftime.
“After that, it was just a battle out there,” Broughton said. “We nearly blew it a couple of times late in the game, but when we needed a big free throw, or rebound or defensive stand, we got it.”
Ashley Bundren hit one of two free throws with 36 seconds left in regulation to give the Eagles a 51-49 lead, but the Blue Tigers’ Brittany Atkins, who scored a game-high 26 points, calmly sank two free throws with just three seconds left in the fourth quarter to send the game into overtime.
Shaquila Conway’s 3-pointer at the 1:07 mark of the first overtime gave the Tigers a 54-52 lead, but the Eagles’ Shelby Johnson hit one of two free throws and Chelsey Wilson drove the lane to hit a big layup to give Grain Valley a 55-54 lead.
With 13 seconds left in the first overtime, Conway was fouled. She hit one of two free throws to send the game into the second extra period.
The Eagles then scored seven points on seven free throws while the Tigers finished the game with just four players on the court as four players fouled out, including Conway and Atkins.
“I’m so proud of my teammates,” said Lipps, who finished with 14 points. “My mom was in the locker room, giving me the play by play when I was getting looked at.
“I’ve got a bump on the back of my head, but that’s about it. I’m not going to the doctor. He might tell me I can’t play, and there’s no way I’m missing that championship game.”
Long after the game was over, Bundren was replaying many of the key moments in her head.
“We don’t win without Taylor and that young lady over there,” she said, pointing to guard Whitney Broughton. “Taylor inspired us by coming back to play and Whitney had three huge rebounds in overtime.”
Bundren, who finished with a team-high 16 points, added, “If I hit my free throws, the game doesn’t go into overtime.”
The sophomore guard hit both attempts in the second overtime and was 9 of 13 for the game. Lipps added two free throws and Wilson was 3 of 4 from the line.
Steve Broughton played nine girls, and every one scored at least one point.
“A solid  team effort,” Broughton said after his team improved to 12-4 and won its 11th game in its last 13 contests. “It was a hard-fought game. The girls really earned this win.”